Approximately 21 months or almost two years I have enjoyed life without the distress of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic colitis or whatever name the medical world gives to this painful and embarrassing condition these days, and I am grateful. The day after I prayed for healing I read a book claiming wheat was the cause of many ailments for many people. I decided to refrain from eating wheat products for five days, which I did, and all my symptoms disappeared completely. I was convinced that wheat really was the cause of my life-long pain and illness.
So what’s new? Here is what’s new: I AM EATING WHEAT.
Besides giving up all pastries, bagels, breads, pastas, and many food prepared with wheat-containing ingredients, all our friends that dined with us regularly were limited to the few restaurants that offered me decent gluten-free selections.
I continued studying healing as revealed in the Bible. I learned that healing is part of redemption’s plan. Jesus healed people. His disciples healed people. Other believers throughout the centuries have healed people. I wanted to understand why some of us are healed and some are not. I have learned much. I can’t say I have all the answers, but I learned the wonderful truth of Mark 11:23-24. Jesus said that we can have whatever we say believing. I came to the conclusion that I could eat wheat and still be healed.
I did not act on this presumption immediately, and here is why. I knew that I must be fully convinced before trusting, because believing involves being fully convinced. I can have what I say, if I believe it, says Mark 11:23-24. I needed assurance, and over the period of a few months, I was convinced. I wanted to initiate this new life experience, but I was more cautious than I should have been, perhaps. Then IT happened:
THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL
It was a stormy day, but the party was not canceled. The sky was overcast, thunder rolled in the distance, and a few drops of rain moistened the party planned by our neighbors. We all gathered (all meaning the brave ones that came in spite of the threatening weather). Several ice cream cartons were arranged on a table along with two kinds of cones. We lined up and received our ice cream cones. There were no dishes or spoons for those smitten with a gluten-free diet. I quickly decided to accept a wheat-containing cone. My plan was to eat the delicious chocolate caramel ice cream off the top of the cone. Alas! Some of the ice cream slid down into the cone before I had consumed all of it. I wanted that ice cream, but I couldn’t get it to roll out of the cone onto my tongue. My repeated efforts broke a piece off the cone, which conveniently slid into my mouth, and I ate it, and the ice cream, and the rest of the cone.
That was the beginning of my new experience. I am still eating wheat today without any loss of health and wellness! I estimate that I have been eating wheat happily for about six to eight weeks. God is good. All the time!
(Note: I was never checked for or diagnosed to have celiac disease. A specialist told me I had chronic colitis and that there was no known cure for it. I suffered constantly from that condition for about six decades. I’m not saying that celiac disease cannot be healed. Don’t give up if you have it and want to be healed from it. God is good. He heals. Be completely convinced in your heart before indulging in gluten. Take your time about it. You will know when you are certain. Wait until you know.
I have been believing for healing of my extreme myopia (nearsightedness) for several months. My eyesight seems better, but I still have myopia. I must conclude that there is a stronghold in my mind preventing me from being completely convinced concerning this issue. We all suffer from strongholds in our thinking until we prevail in changing our thinking in that area. Keep reading the Word of God. We will be healed when we are totally convinced that we are healed. Blessings to you all.)
Mark 11:23-24 – The Bible (KJV) – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…